Monday, January 12, 2009

Day 5 - Stylish, Sexy, Pregnancy Mama - on a budget

Hit the stores - with a plan. By now you've read days 1 through 4 of this series right? You've slowed down and looked at what's already in your closet, determined exactly what you need, thought about what's underneath and bought some nursing/maternity bras! Now it's time to hit the stores and go shopping - with a plan...

Remember - us girls like shopping at the best of times and shopping for maternity wear is no exception! I'd start by visiting the maternity store in your local mall (Motherhood, Mimi Maternity, Pea in the Pod). Although their prices may be more that you're willing to pay, the sales staff should be experienced and able to advise you as to which styles and sizes you should try. You do not need to purchase anything - just try on some outfits (with the "belly") and get a feel for what you like or don't like.

Then - I'd go to your local discount store as many of them carry some really great maternity wear. I'd also Shop at they have a whole line by Liz Lange which is affordable and just as stylish as her designer line. They even have a maternity clearance department which has some amazing deals starting at just $4.99.

Old Navy is another maternity treasure! Many of the items they offer are similar if not the same as items sold at the Gap - but at about half the price. They currently have some great tops, pants and jackets on clearance starting at about $5.99.

If you have a Ross Dress For Less in your city - it is definitely worth a visit. Most of them have a maternity rail (or several rails in our local store) and you can pick up some great items at unbelievable prices.

Don't forget the local thrift store. As maternity clothing is only worn for a few months you can usually pick up some great finds and it great condition too. I found a great black, Mimi Maternity, wool skirt which I wore and wore for work. I think I paid only $4!

Discount department stores can also be a great shopping source. Both Sears and JC Penny have maternity departments in many of their stores.

Our last tip is to remember to purchase your pre-pregnancy size. So if you usually wear a size 8 and the maternity jeans in a size M are marked for sizes 8-10 - this is the correct size for you. Do not go by your current size. The designers/manufacturers have allowed room for your belly to grow:)

All you experienced moms have discovered many other tips to share with your fellow Stylish, Sexy, Pregnant Moms. Remember, when you comment with a tip you're entered to win a Belly Bandit. Don't forget to leave your name and email address (or email it to us so we can notify you if you win.